Written by Michele Bernstein Siegel Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District takes enormous pride in servicing its residents with a variety of delightful activities and first-rate facilities. Great Neck House, which serves as a hub for the Park District community’s cultural activity, has programs and classes for adults and children, movies, art exhibits and live performances. Movies are shown every weekend from September through June and classes are offered year round. Recitals, concerts and lectures, as well as family entertainment, are offered at the weekly “Sundays @ 3” performances. Free, interesting nature programs take place in Great Neck or in and around Long Island. Registration for both children and adult classes is now taking place at
Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Avenue. Non-resident registration is available beginning Sept. 9; non-resident fees apply. Tennis stickers, guest coupons, daily and monthly parking tickets and parking permits, mooring and ramp permits can all be obtained at Great Neck House.
The Parkwood Indoor Tennis Center and Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink are located at 65 Arrandale Avenue. Tennis classes are offered to all ages and levels. Both seasonal and open court time is available, for those interested. Registration is ongoing at the tennis center on a first-come, first-served basis. The Skate School welcomes everyone to the free
Open House on Sept. 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the rink. Come down to the rink to skate with your friends, play games, win prizes, meet the Park District staff, coaches and pros. Learn about the skate school classes, hockey programs and Winter Swim program.
The Bears Ice Hockey house league is for all beginner hockey players, ages five through 12. There will be free clinics on Sept. 17 and 18 and a Bears Open House on Friday, Sept. 20 between 6 and 7:30 p.m. There is no hockey experience necessary to participate. You will earn all aspects of the game through fun innovative drills. Included in this program are clinics, off-ice conditioning, special activities, scrimmages and intramural games.
All are welcome to attend the “Try-Hockey-For-Free Day” Saturday, Nov.2. Everyone is welcome to be a spectator at the many college games played at the rink on Saturday and Sunday mornings (C.W. Post, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy). The Park District also offers teens Special Teen Recreation Night every Friday between 8 and 10 p.m. at the rink.
The ice rink is the “hottest” place in town for teens to skate and be social, all with adult supervision. Included are fun activities on and off the ice, music, exceptional lighting, tasty food at the snack bar and more. It’s the safest place for a teen to spend Friday nights while parents enjoy a night out with peace of mind.
There are lots of activities coming up in October. The annual HarvestFest at the Village Green, the Steppingstone Haunted Mansion and Kiddy Walk at Steppingstone Park, Halloween Magic Show and Special Halloween public sessions at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink, to name a few.
All of the neighborhood parks offer wonderful amenities throughout the year; some of which include Kings Point Park boasting more than five miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a total of 175 acres in all. There are picnic areas, softball diamonds, Har-Tru tennis courts, all- weather basketball courts, a soccer field, horseshoe pitching and
Sled Hill for winter enjoyment; the Village Green is home to the Veterans’ Memorial, along with a formal rose garden, gazebo, bandstand for concerts and a children’s PlayGarden; beautiful Steppingstone Park, overlooking Long Island Sound and provides a beautiful marina, the Steppingstone Sailing School, a boat launching ramp and fishing dock, children’s playground, wading pool, picnic tables and the Steppingstone Waterside Theatre concerts every weekend during the summer for your entertainment.
Be sure to take advantage of the great opportunity you have as a Great Neck Park District resident. For the complete list of rules and regulations in obtaining a park card or more information about any of the park districts facilities or programs, please visit us at www.greatneckparks.org or call Great Neck House at 516 482-0355.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.
To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.
The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also. Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”
Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”
Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.